CHAMPAIGN — Firehouse Subs plans to open Tuesday at 803 W. Anthony Drive, C, in the space next to Einstein Bros. Bagels.
The restaurant, which serves steamed meats and cheeses on sub rolls, will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. It's part of the Jacksonville, Fla.-based chain that has more than 760 locations in 41 states.
The local restaurant is owned by Johannes Lin and Anita Agusalim, who also own a Firehouse Subs restaurant in the Beech Grove area of Indianapolis.
Each Firehouse Subs restaurant features a custom, hand-painted mural that pays tribute to the local community. The Champaign mural shows a local fire department's fire truck and two firefighters passing out small American flags to children.
The company's chief mural artist, Joe Puskas, and his team have painted every mural from Puskas' studio at company headquarters. Since the opening of the first Firehouse Subs in 1994, Puskas has painted more than 760 murals.
The Firehouse Subs chain was founded by brothers Chris and Robin Sorensen, both of whom are former firefighters. The restaurants serve hot and cold submarine sandwiches, soups and salads.
For the last two years, Franchise Business Review has named Firehouse Subs first in franchisee satisfaction, and in 2013, Firehouse Subs was ranked No. 1 in growth by Nation's Restaurant News.
In 2005, the company created the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which has since donated $9 million to first responders and public safety agencies.